RES.6-006 | Spring 2008 | Undergraduate
Video Demonstrations in Lasers and Optics
Demonstrations in physical optics

Fringe Contrast — Polarization Difference

Demonstration of two-beam interference in a Michelson interferometer with collimated beams

Determination of the state of polarization in each arm of the interferometer

Demonstration of the rotation of the plane of polarization in one arm of the interferometer using a quarter-wave plate

Demonstration of the effect of polarization difference on fringe contrast, showing zero contrast for orthogonal polarizations

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